William Merritt Chase [1849-1916] won many honors at home and abroad, was a member of the National Academy of Design, New York, and from 1885 to 1895 was president of the Society of American Artists. He became a member of the Ten American Painters after John Henry Twachtman died.
Chase's creativity declined in his later years, especially as modern art took hold in America, but he continued to paint and teach into the 1910s. During this period Chase taught such up and coming young artists as Arthur Hill Gilbert and Edward Hopper. One of his last teaching positions was at Carmel, California in the summer of 1914.